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April 13, 2012

A Week of Ups and Downs

I’ve been away from the blogosphere a bit again this week and there’s a blog post inside me just bursting to get out.  This post may be a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, like my week has been, so strap in for a bumpy ride!

Ah, my boys from Boston!  Their week mirrors mine somewhat.  The Boston Red Sox are off to a rocky start again this year.  Current win-loss record is 2-5.  But what a win today was!  They were back home in Boston for the first game at Fenway Park this season.

(my archival photo from a game I attended in 2010)

They trampled the Tampa Bay Rays 12-2.  I know you don’t come here to read about sports, but I’m just making a connection here, so stick with me if you can.  They won only one game on their road trip, and we fans were feeling pretty low.  They returned home to Boston today and pulled off a colossal win against a big rival.  I may be speaking for myself here, but I’m feeling much better about my favorite team’s chances.

I began my week with my regular Monday blues.  This week at work was probably going to feel like a long one with the promise of our spring break upcoming.  As the week progressed, I started feeling more hopeful.  Then yesterday, SLAM! I had one of the worst days at work I’ve ever had.  But I got up and faced the day again today and was rewarded with assurances.  I came home to an awesome baseball game, and the knowledge that our big vacation is only days away.

I also came home to some new blooms I’d like to share with you.
More daffs:


The rhodo-azalea that had seemed locked in mid-bud is starting to come around:
And would you believe the bleeding hearts are beginning to bloom?


I only have these white ones so far, there’s no sign of buds on the pink yet.  I’m sure these were a case of plants being fooled by the abnormally warm weather last month.

Another new arrival in my yard:

Can you tell what that is?  I apologize for the poor focus, but I had to work pretty hard to bring you this picture.  We’ve got baby bunnies again!  That fuzzy oval in the top third of the shot is a bunny ear.  My daughter made the actual discovery a few days ago when she noticed the large pile of mama-bunny fur (the blurry pile in the foreground of that picture) well ensconced in the center of our raspberry bushes.  The little buns are burrowed fairly deep in the ground, so getting a recognizable shot was nearly impossible.  We had a frost last night, so I’m sure mama bunny knew what she was doing tucking them in that way.  From what I could see of those adorable little ears moving around, I think there are three little ones.

Those bunnies reminded me that I yet again I missed my blogoversary.  Those of you who have been reading from the beginning may remember that baby bunnies were the subject of my first few posts back when I started this blog in April of 2010.  April 6th was the actual blogoversary.  For those who may be interested in such things, I’ve had 28,623 views since my blog began, and my busiest day was February 28, 2012 with 201 views.  That was the day I posted the February Photo Hunt Wrap-Up.  My most commented upon post was the October Photo Hunt announcement. That was the “idiomatic” photo hunt that folks really seemed to enjoy.

I can tell you that I’ve really enjoyed bringing you my photos and stories for the last two years, and I’m so happy to have become part of a blog community.  As you can see from my blog’s numbers, I’m no super power blogger, but I’m really grateful for you, my faithful readers.

So this up-and-down week ends on a high note: a big Red Sox win, the end of the work week, and our cruise only days away!  We are off on another college visit tomorrow, and I have packing to do, so I don’t know how much time I’ll be spending in the blogosphere this weekend, but please know I’ll be thinking of you and hoping to do some blog-catching up in my spare time.  If we are friends on Facebook, I’ll probably post some pictures from my phone from the cruise while we are still in American waters.  Think I’ll be going a little photo-crazy this coming week?

Oh, and don’t forget to be working on this month’s photo hunt too! Show me your favorites – and maybe one of mine! 😉


  1. The Bruins won their first playoff game, too. Here’s to your third year of blogging!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 13, 2012 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  2. Karen, Is it ur camera, or is the grass greener at fenway??

    Comment by Jim Dinsmore — April 13, 2012 @ 9:53 pm | Reply

    • The grass definitely seems greener at Fenway so far!

      Comment by Karma — April 15, 2012 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  3. Happy Anniversary! Nice daffs. Hope the vacation is everything you dreamed and some good surprises as well. With a cherry on top.

    Comment by Gerry — April 13, 2012 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Gerry! At this time tomorrow we’ll be winging our way to Miami – getting really excited here!

      Comment by Karma — April 15, 2012 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  4. Happy Blogiversary!!

    Doesn’t it seem that the week before vacation is ALWAYS the worst?? You made it through and now you can simply relax and enjoy. Have a great time! Go Sox! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — April 13, 2012 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. I’m practically bubbling over with excitement for tomorrow!

      Comment by Karma — April 15, 2012 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  5. Happy Anniversary, flowers always cheer me up and hope your vacation is going well.

    Comment by Nye — April 13, 2012 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much Nye! I’m sure I’ll have so much to share upon my return, I won’t know where to begin!

      Comment by Karma — April 15, 2012 @ 8:17 am | Reply

  6. Yes, the Red Sox win yesterday did me a heap of good. I sat and watched most of the game and particularly the bottom of the 8th. Have a wonderful vacation that makes this week a distant memory.

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 14, 2012 @ 6:57 am | Reply

    • There’s two nice wins now! I missed yesterday’s game in the midst of getting things ready for packing, darn it! I should’ve had it on as I puttered around figuring things out, but I forgot!

      Comment by Karma — April 15, 2012 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  7. Daffodils, bleeding hearts and bunny ears – perfect! Happy blogiversary! I couldn’t even tell you when mine is, I was so erratic in the beginning.

    Comment by Carol — April 14, 2012 @ 11:31 am | Reply

  8. Oh wow — bunnies ! Soooooo cute.

    Comment by Sybil — April 15, 2012 @ 12:09 am | Reply

    • They are cuties. I hope I’ll get a better look at them when we get home – if they are still in their nest.

      Comment by Karma — April 15, 2012 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  9. Really awful days at work are just part of the game, glad your’s is behind you and a wonderful trip on the horizon! Love the bunnies! Have a great trip!

    Comment by Dawn — April 15, 2012 @ 7:24 am | Reply

  10. I’m grateful for YOU, Karma. And those roller-coaster days, up and down, down and up, seem to be part of life. (Even folks who don’t work report them, can you imagine?) I am wishing you smooth sailing in your future… lots of bunnies and blogs, too. Your blog is so sweet and beautiful I want to hug it sometimes.

    Comment by Kathy — April 15, 2012 @ 9:48 am | Reply

    • Aw, you are sweet to say that Kathy. And of course I did not miss your double entendre about the smooth sailing! Tomorrow is the big day! Wheeeeeeeeeeee!
      Thanks Kathy!

      Comment by Karma — April 15, 2012 @ 10:05 am | Reply

  11. Happy Blog Birthday! Your daffs are really pretty. And I’m slightly envious of your baby bunnies. It’s been a few years since we’ve had bunnies running around here. The red fox has probably been taking care of them. 😦

    Comment by Robin — April 18, 2012 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. I haven’t seen hide nor hare of the little ones again since I posted that picture! I hope they’re okay.

      Comment by Karma — April 22, 2012 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

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